I’m so much in doubt about this one… I don’t really like the retro prog rock
wave that much (I think I’ve had my share of Gentle Giant and all the others),
and I’m not exactly keen on saxophone either, especially not in Hard Rock
(?!!?). And yet this album keep coming back, every time with something new to
discover. The musicians are top class, and really knows their stuff, and has
connection to the others in the band – very cool. But after some numbers I start
missing a gear or two more though – I end up foot-tapping to a lot of the riffs
and rhythms, but it doesn’t really kick off for me, it stays in a sort of
walking tempo, and I loose a little interest then… too bad.
consist of Clutch-members
Tim Sult on
Neil Fallon on
and additionally on the album Per Wiberg of Opeth on keyboards, organ and
The sound is kept very “original” – the sound on this album is very similar to
the sound of the probable sources of inspiration of the 70’s: Gentle Giant, Yes
and several more of that age. And it’s very well done.
It works best for me in smaller doses, a couple of tracks at the time, but
that’s okay – it still has got plenty of nice stuff to offer a fan of the retro
(70’s) prog – style and sound. So when I’m still interested it’s past 90 in
score, but in the lower periods it’s maybe down to 70… judge for yourselves.